The annual picnic on Belle Isle has become one of the most popular Oakmont traditions, and this year’s event, held on Thursday, June 28th, surely counts as one of the best!

At around 11 am, Oakmont buses from each of our communities began to pull up to Shed 7 on the Isle’s southwest side, and excited residents, family members, and staff disembarked ready to enjoy a relaxing day of food, fun, and fellowship.

Each community supplied their own picnic dishes, with fresh sandwiches, salads, fruit, chips, lemonade, and other goodies on the menu at every table. Great conversations were had; wonderful stories were shared; and friendships, new and old, were celebrated.

While lunch was served by staff members, the soothing sounds of Wixie Harrington offered the perfect soundtrack to the day, playing hits from all modern eras of music and prompting many to sing along. Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road Jack” was a particularly popular selection.

For Dessert, Screamer’s Ice Cream from Sterling Heights provided the cherry on top – allowing all attendees to indulge in many of their favorite ice cream snacks. It was the perfect treat for the warm June afternoon.

After lunch, many residents and staff enjoyed self-guided tours of the incredible Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, which displays incredible flora from all corners of the globe. Others sat and talked, reminiscing about their memories of Belle Isle from when they were children. 

From the food to the fun, and everything in between, 2018’s Belle Isle picnic was certainly one no attendee will ever forget. 

See you next year!